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Steelers

Rudolph takes the high road before Browns game

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Soon after walking into the Pittsburgh Steelers’ locker room after an abbreviated and earlier-than-usual practice Thursday, Mason Rudolph joked with teammates about their plans for Thanksgiving dinner. In the midst of a trying two-week stretch on and off ...

Hodges officially in as QB starter

By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Devlin Hodges in. Mason Rudolph out. At least for now. Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin tabbed Hodges as the starting quarterback for Sunday’s pivotal meeting with Cleveland at Heinz Field, though Tomlin cautioned against reading ...

Polamalu named semifinalist

The Associated Press Safety Troy Polamalu, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and linebacker Patrick Willis are first-year eligible players among the 25 semifinalists of the modern era for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Also on the list, which will be cut to 15 on Jan. 2, are previous finalists ...

Looks like Duck’s season: Hodges, off bench, sparks Steelers

CINCINNATI — Standing on the sideline in his stocking cap, Devlin “Duck” Hodges had no idea the Pittsburgh Steelers were going to put their playoff hopes into his rookie hands. Now, there could be more chances ahead. Hodges took over for struggling Mason Rudolph and threw for a 79-yard ...

Rudolph denies any racial slur

CINCINNATI — Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph says he “couldn’t believe” a claim that he used a racial slur against Browns defensive lineman Myles Garrett before their altercation in Cleveland. Garrett was suspended indefinitely for yanking off Rudolph’s helmet and hitting him ...

Steelers-Bengals highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 16-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati: Play of the game: With 9 minutes left in the game and the Bengals driving toward a go-ahead touchdown, Steelers linebacker Devin Bush ...

Cincinnati reaches new mark of futility

CINCINNATI — Even in the lost decades, no Bengals team has been as bad as this one. A 16-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday dropped Cincinnati to 0-11, a mark unmatched in franchise history. No Bengals team had started worse than 0-10 or lost more than 10 games in a row. Coach ...

Bengals rookie quarterback gets his shot against Steelers

The Associated Press CINCINNATI — Andy Dalton could barely protect himself as the Pittsburgh Steelers poured through the line, sacking him eight times at Heinz Field in September — one of the quarterback’s worst moments in a nine-year career. Now it’s rookie Ryan Finley’s turn to ...

NFL hits Rudolph with cash penalty over brawl with Garrett

By Tom Withers The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph didn’t escape the brawl with the Browns unpunished. Rudolph was fined $50,000 on Saturday by the NFL for his involvement in the melee that began when Browns defensive end Myles Garrett pulled ...

Patchwork Steeler’s O scrambling

PITTSBURGH — Benny Snell Jr., Tevin Jones and Johnny Holton have been on the field in games together before. But that was in August, when their main goal was proving they deserved spots on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 53-man roster. The stakes will be higher on Sunday in Cincinnati, when ...

Rudolph denies making racial slur

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The on-field fight between Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has turned into a war of words off it, with Rudolph denying an anonymous report alleging he used a racial slur shortly before their now ...

Garrett’s appeal gets turned down

The Associated Press CLEVELAND — Myles Garrett’s goal was to be NFL’s top defensive player this season. He won’t finish it. Garrett’s indefinite suspension for smashing Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph over the head with a helmet was upheld Thursday by an appeals ...

Rudolph explains his view

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph wanted to get away from Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett. The way Rudolph went about it — a process that contributed to a brawl that culminated with Rudolph getting smacked in the head with his own helmet and led to ...

Tomlin says brawl was ugly for the game of football

The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin accepted his team’s role in the now-infamous fight last Thursday night that ended with Cleveland defensive end Myles Garrett hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with Rudolph’s own helmet. Just ...

Steelers running out of players and time

NFL week 12 Who: Pittsburgh at Cincinnati When: Sunday, 1 p.m. TV: CBS The latest line: Steelers by 6.5 By Will Graves The Associated Press PITTSBURGH — The chaotic ending will live on in infamy. The carnage that came before it, however, could have just as significant an ...

Garrett hits Rudolph in head with helmet

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Browns kept fighting long after the outcome had been decided, and it likely will cost them their best defensive player. Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and hit him with it in the head in the final ...

Steelers highlights, lowlights

The following are the highlights and lowlights from the Steelers’ 21-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns on Thursday night from FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland: Worst play of the game: With 8 seconds left in the game, Browns defensive end Myles Garrett, after a late hit after the whistle, ...

High stakes game: Plenty on the line for Steelers, Browns

The Associaterd Press CLEVELAND — Separated by roughly 130 miles and six Super Bowl titles, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have a hostile, historic rivalry resuscitated from being heavily one-sided to much more competitive the past few years. The hatred has never ...

Steeler playmakers searching for consistency after Rams win

PITTSBURGH — Vance McDonald should have been pumped. Thrilled. Yet he wasn’t. He couldn’t be. As his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates celebrated around him following a 17-12 victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, the veteran tight end stewed. Yes, the Steelers had pushed their ...